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Shoppers expected to crowd stores on Black Friday

According to the National Retail Federation, more than 164 million people plan to shop this Thanksgiving weekend, starting from Thanksgiving Thursday and running to Cyber Monday.

The decorations at the Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick are merry and bright, but for the next few days it’s going to be chaotic at the mall as shoppers take advantage of Black Friday deals.

Director of Marketing and Business Development Meredith Reed says, “We're expecting a lot of people, so it's going to be really exciting. We're going to have just shoppers with bags just all over the mall."

According to the National Retail Federation, more than 164 million people plan to shop this Thanksgiving weekend, starting from Thanksgiving Thursday and running to Cyber Monday.

About 115.7 million people are expected to shop on Black Friday, while 32 million people plan to shop on Thanksgiving.

Last year was the first time the store Concept and its part-owner Michael Epps experienced the retail frenzy on Black Friday: “Last year, it was so busy. It's now almost becoming almost like a family event and do shopping on Thanksgiving."

So how can you have the best experience when braving the crowds?

According to Reed, come up with a plan beforehand, including knowing which stores you have to visit.

Write out a list of all of the gifts you plan to purchase and for which people they'll go to.

In addition, Reed says you should check out the sales online so you know what to expect.

Reed says doing all of this will reduce your time in the hustle and bustle.

The Columbia Center Mall is scheduled to open their doors Thursday from 5 P.M. to 1 A.M. It’ll open again on Black Friday from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M.

J.C. Penney opens on Thursday at 2 P.M. and stays open to 10 P.M. on Friday.

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